Ok so I know its early to be asking, but if you did or are doing daycare when did you start looking for one? My co-worker/friend (who's actually quitting next week to be a SAHM) told me today that I need to start looking for daycares now. She waited until she was 12 weeks pregnant and got on 3 waiting lists and didn't get called back until her baby was 16 weeks old. While I would LOVE to have 16 weeks off, I'm not sure I can swing it financially, plus I know it will put a strain on my current position.
Anyways, I'm really wanting to wait until my first appointment at least. I will be 9 weeks then. I feel its still too early to start interviewing daycares...but she seems to think that if I don't get my name on a list before 12 weeks pregnant, then I will have to wait a while to get into a daycare. I know its different depending on where you live, but I wanted to get your thoughts.
I'm planning to ask for 12 weeks off, I will not get paid for any maternity leave and we are paying for prenatal care and the birth out of pocket, plus buying a baby-safe car (because I swear mine is going to crap out any day now). So financially I will be really stretching it to just take those 12 weeks off.